New NIH data show gains in COPD aware – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. A recent survey shows that 69 percent of adults are aware of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. Dr. James Kiley at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute says that's up about 5 points from two years ago.
Kiley: So that's encouraging that's great because there’s over 12 million people in the U.S. that have COPD and there’s an estimated 12 million more that are undiagnosed may have it they don't even know they have it.
Narrator: He adds the survey results also show about 30 percent of Americans have never heard of COPD, so improved awareness is needed. For more on the survey and COPD, visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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